Dreams

Here’s my story…

Since 2010, I have been writing my thoughts down. Some have been made them onto these pages. Perhaps you will find a little piece of you in them too.

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Reflection

Happy Easter to those who celebrate this day. As I watch the sun come up to the east and I see shiny spots of glistening dew on the blades of the grass in my front yard, I reflect on life. Today, we remember what sacrifices were made on our behalf and that

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Letting go

I will be the first one to admit that there are things worth fighting for and about, whether in principle or for those you love. When people are in the fighting mood, I am reminded of a quote by John Ortberg, “People will always be opposed to whatever threatens to

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Constantly changing my thinking

I have been strong for so long and yesterday I was forced to let others help me. I hated every minute of it. And then some. The people who were with me know that I was nervous and my actions and words were probably results of not being in control

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The Best Day

I am not even sure where to start, but I think the stars were aligned today. I still have a smile on my face as I think about all of the fun Rocky and I had today. When was the last time you could say that you had a great

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Remember to have fun

Do you ever have such a great day and laugh so hard at the silliest things that your side just aches? The other day, Rocky and I were laughing so hard I could hear her smiling through the phone. Even when I heard her say, “Bye”, I could tell she

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Life is simply awesome

This past Friday, I had lunch with two BUNKO ladies and we had a nice chance to catch up. They see each other more than I had seen them, so we were mostly catching up on me. I also told them I was sorry for not being all that I

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Strength

We have all been broken at one time or another in our lives. We have all felt sorrow, pain, grief, and sadness, too. Perhaps even some of us have felt so much pain, that it comes to us when we are alone, where we need to go. Have you ever

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Spring is new life

Spring is probably my favorite season, but it has new meaning this year. Last year, I was in such a whirlwind that I was not sure what was happening. I had words and phrases that would just come to me, whenever; I started running (at 5am needless to say); and

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Practice what I Preach

I am at a crossroads, looking for signs on what to do next every where. If you see one, please let me know. I found myself in two different conversations over the last 24 hours that as I was processing my thoughts and giving input to others, I realized (sometimes

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What to do…

I was hoping today I would get more answers to the questions I have, yet that was not to be. Now, I have even more questions. Every scenario is playing out in my head and not sure what decision, if any, needs to made at this time. Not even sure

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Childhood came today

Today, Rocky and I went to run, but ended up talking and walking. We get different things when we are together in the morning. When we run, we get into shape and work on getting to be where we want to by physically. On our walks and talks, we learn

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Play ball! That’s life!

Now, I am sure you are wondering what baseball has to do with this blog and life, for that matter. We are a baseball family with all three of our sons playing at every level from t-ball, to coach pitch to select to college ball. Plus, baseball season is upon

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Making sense of it all

It is so hard to process information and try to determine what it all means. Especially when life keeps happening all around you, which ironically reminds us that we are here. I reached out to two more friends from that Bunko group from years past after seeing them at lunch this

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Reminder of my old self

Tonight, I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I ran into an old friend that I probably had not seen in several years (maybe 3?) as she was looking for something in the organic aisle. I jokingly came up behind her and told her, “Don’t eat

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Being tested…

Ok…a minor speed bump has developed as I pursue my passion. Maybe not even a speed bump, but I fear it will be there. There is also a possible detour along the same route. None of this is set in stone yet, but some fear has settled where it does

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Huge steps

Are you ready for this??? Maybe I am. Just kidding. I am ready. This week has been spectacular, in so many ways. I got to learn more about what first responders do on a day-to-day basis and am volunteering for an exercise this coming weekend. I also visited with another

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Outside the box

How many of us are living inside their comfort zone aka their “box”? How many times have we heard the phrase, “Go outside the box!” Even a fast food restaurant has used a slight spin of that phrase in one of its marketing campaigns. I know that staying inside the

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Listen to your heart

I have been wide awake since about 3am my time. I am not even sure why. I am anxious to get back out and run again this morning as the temperature is a balmy 55 degrees. YAY!! I am sure my inability to rollover and get more shut-eye may have something

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Got your MOXIE on?

This post is going to be probably very short, but with a big message. Rock will tell me she has her MOJO back and I believe her when she talks about where she was, where she is, and where she wants to be. I love that she is so there.

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Learn something every day

On a whim, I stopped at our local library to check out some books, but did not know exactly what I was looking for when I got there. Yet, I was drawn to the section about leadership and how “the power of one” can make a difference in this world.

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Life changes!

In one day, I think my life has dramatically changed in a matter of a couple of hours. This morning,I went for a run with Rock…we are starting to get back into our regular routine. It was great weather and I cannot wait until temperatures are more consistent where I

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I GET IT!!! DON’T YOU?

Oh my gosh!!!! Have you ever just been sitting down, doing whatever, and then felt like something just whopped you upside the head?!? I totally could not stop smiling all day. I send an email to Rocky and just tell her, “I get it!” She replies that she is curious, but

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What does “impossible” mean to you?

I was in my car today, running errands on a typical Sunday and found myself listening to one of my favorite songs that has the phrase, “impossible is not a word, it’s just a reason not to try.” Then, I started thinking…everything that we have in our world today is

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Patanjali – When you you are inspired…

I was reading a new book and came across this passage that I just had to share. “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a

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Saying what you need to say

Sometimes, we do not say everything that is in our hearts at the time that it is there. We tuck it away, perhaps to said at some other time. There are ways to say what we feel without being hurtful, but also we need to take the opportunities to say

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I am paying attention! Part 2

So I am walking into work like any other day and visit with a male co-worker who shares similar thoughts about why things happen, etc. I tell him what happened yesterday with all of the different ways Jeremiah 29:11 was coming before me. Written down, on a plaque, and via

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I am paying attention!

I know, I do not usually post two posts in one day, but I just have to this time. I do not know how long this one will be, but here it goes. I was totally freaking out earlier today – so much, I called a few people to share.

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Taking chances

Great morning to you all!!! Got up today and took advantage of the 30+ degree weather and am trying to get back into shape with running my normal 5 miles a day. Plus, I heard we are supposed to get a couple of inches of snow today and then maybe

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What I write

Last night, I had another group of words come to me that is posted under, “I can see” – I hope you enjoy it. It is strange when things like this come to me but I am forced to write to down when it comes so that I don’t forget

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Thinking about what I am doing

Today started like any other day. I got up to go run and only after I was dressed and heading out the door did I look at the current temperature that said it was 13 degrees with a wind chill of less than 0. Too cold for this runner. I

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Who cares?

We all have fears. Some that are related to possible life and death situations and others, not so much. Most are somewhere in the middle. I have noticed that I don’t seem to hold on to my fears as much as I used to, even just a year ago. This

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Remember who you are

Last week in church, our pastor had mentioned this phrase in his sermon, but used it when his teenage children would leave the house, going out to spend time with friends. These four words really stuck with me last week and then I was reading one of my new books

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Life never goes as planned

I ordered three new books last week and they arrived yesterday. I am not sure why I even ordered them since the last thing I need right now is something else to do, even though I am better for it. However, I also did need to use a gift card

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Adversity makes you stronger

I was talking with our youngest son this morning about something not related to this blog and I told him, “Adversity makes you stronger.” He told me he did not know what that meant. That got me thinking…I know, watch out. Adversity is never anything we wish for because that

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Taking Chances

I thought this past week was going to be like any other week. Boy, was I wrong in so many ways. First, on Valentine’s Day, Rocky shows up after a long sabbatical, a kid threatens to hurt me, and I get selected to serve on a 3-day jury trial. The

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Wild week…and it is only Wednesday

On Monday, I told you about how a dear friend surprised me and reconnected with me after a hiatus from life. Then, I stopped by her house, unannounced the next morning. I think she was glad I stopped by and we chatted more about what happened and what we need

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Today was a good day, and some things happened as I did not expect them to either. It was great to get out and run this morning. I thought it would be more difficult than it was, which made it more enjoyable. There were some slick spots at some intersections,

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“Living Life” by Bonnie L. Mohr

I was doing some shopping today and came across a picture with a saying that I just had to buy. It seemed like the words were speaking directly to me, although I was not the only one in the store, nor was I alone in that aisle. I think I

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Take care of me first

I received an email yesterday from a co-worker that literally took my breath away. Now, those that know me know that I love to talk so for me to be almost speechless, it must have really set me reeling. Here it is – “Before you can be anything to anyone,

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Want to be there for a friend

How do you help someone who won’t let you? Who won’t take your calls? Who needs you? How do reach out to someone who isn’t willing to reach back, even though it is difficult? How do you tell someone that you care so much? I am in such a predicament now.

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Everyone has struggles

I have missed a very dear friend, who was hurting, but I did not know it. She has been feeling like she has spiraled out of control and is so far down, she does not know how to get back to where she was before. I know most of it

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The need to say something…anything

As I sit in my office watching it lightly snow, I am compelled to write, but don’t have a subject right at the tip of my brain at this very moment. Maybe there are too many thoughts up there and it is difficult for me to pick just one. I

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“That’s how winning is done”

Weather here over the last few days has been downright miserable, but no sense in worrying about it or complaining – it doesn’t change anything. Things have gotten better since I had to pick myself back up this week. Some times it is harder than others to do that, but

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Get back up again

This week has been an emotional rollercoaster and I am really glad that the week is over. I was reminded this week that there are people out there that are lacking in self-confidence and are jealous so the way that they get to feel better about themselves is to put

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Why not?

Last year in 2010, I designated that year as the year of “Yes” – meaning that I would be open to new ideas, new adventures, and be open to risk. This year, I have designated 2011 as the year of “Why not?” – why not try to go farther than

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Your Everything, part 2

I had some time to think yesterday as I was driving to visit my college son yesterday and I was thinking about this posting the other day. I had just spoken to a very good friend and I admitted that I have not given this one chance at life my

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Ambassador of Hope

It has been time since we went to worship, but we went tonight. Whatever your religion and however you worship, I hope it brings you calm in an otherwise chaotic world. It always makes me feel better after going. The message today was joyful and mentions that we are Ambassadors

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Your everything

This week has been emotionally draining and tiring. I would be lying if I said I am not glad that it is over. I have been reminded this week about life and those little moments we all take for granted, and how time is never anything we can get back

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The power to inspire

I am a humble, giving woman who does not like the spotlight. One of my sons relishes being the center of attention, but only when he performs on stage. Me? Not so much. However, because of recent signs I am noticing and admitting that exist and due to comments made

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Little reminders of living

It has been a long time since I really had to say that the day was bad. It wasn’t the day’s fault and it did not start out that way. It seemed to get worse as the day went on. I went to a breakfast meeting, and had a nice

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Vantage Point

This is also a movie title with Dennis Quaid, where there are many different people at this political gathering but because of where they are, they have different vantage points and see different things. Yesterday, I changed my vantage point. I know you are going to think I am crazy

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Regret and true forgiveness

I have noticed that I have been writing more frequently on the blog, than I usually do. Maybe it is related to the inability to get out and run, and my mind hasn’t used up all it should in the hour of running I would do. The elliptical is only

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We all need a “Mick” in our lives

This reference has to do with Burgess Meredith’s role as Mick in the Rocky movies. Between my running partner and me, she is Rocky and I am Mick – I gave us those names early on mostly because she was in better shape than I was. Even though that might

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Weird day…totally has me perplexed

I have posted previously about possible signs and what we need to remember when they come our way. The hard part is not recognizing the signs, but trying to figure out what they are trying to tell us. Even if we think we know what they are trying to tell

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One step back, then two steps forward

Ok, maybe it was really two steps back then two steps forward, and that would put me back at the same place I was to begin with. I forget if I have ever mentioned how much I dislike the elliptical. There… I have said it…moving on. Tuesday morning, I get

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Perspective

What is your perspective on your current situation and about where you really want to be? I did not have a good day today and was chatting with a girl from work and she kept telling me that our perspective is what we can change, even if nothing else does.

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Paying attention to possible signs?

Because I believe that there are reasons for everything (and hence everything has a reason), events occur and people come into (and out of) our lives for a specific purpose. Sometimes, good things happen when we least expect them. Other times, we are reminded of what is important when bad

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Just off somehow

I was visiting with a co-worker today who mentioned that she was not “fit to be around people” because she just is not sure what is wrong. She told me last week that she thought her skin looked a different color and just did not feel like herself. Today, she

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New Year, New You

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope this finds you well as we begin a new year. Have you started on your new year’s resolutions? I made a few, but since last year when I started this journey, I am not sure where these will take me. Some are goals for

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Doubt

I do not remember if I have ever talked about how much I dislike doubt. When doubt creeps into our heads, we question everything. We second guess things we didn’t think twice about before. Sometimes, that doubt comes from a gut feeling about something we are unsure of and teeter-totter

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Can one person change the world?

This thought came to me on my vacation as I was running along the beach in Cancun. As I was focused on my run, I noticed a guest of the resort taking his time to pick up trash that had either been left on the beach or washed ashore. His

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Refreshed and feel groovy!

I hope this finds everyone safe, warm, and with loved ones during this wonderful holiday season. Our family just returned from a (much-needed) vacation and enjoyed our Christmas Day as well with my mom. Next weekend, we will be off to the in-laws for a visit. This vacation was the

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Not my problem

Now, before you go to another page, hear me out. I came up with this phrase about 2 years ago when my oldest son was a senior in high school. I was trying (I thought) to encourage and guide him on the things he needed to do to submit applications

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Asking for HELP just about killed me!

I have been an independent person since about 9th grade, when because of circumstances I decided to take care of everything myself. I have mentioned previously that I do not like to rely on other people because I viewed it as a sign of weakness. I even have my husband

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Don’t give your power away

On Wednesday of this week, the day started awesome. Rocky came over for a run (with scarf and two sets of gloves) and we had an awesome time. It was great to see her and catch up. I get to work a little later and am feeling good, feeling fabulous,

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What are you waiting for?

In the last few days, I have been reminded of how fragile life is and why we can never take it for granted. A family member had a stroke and I am unsure of her prognosis and two other people I know have been diagnosed with cancer. That got me

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OMG – Going to be so hard!

Ok, so Friday’s have been traditionally the day I take off from running and this week I have been forced to be on the elliptical because it has been like 15 degrees at 5am. Rocky is pretty much done running with me for the winter, but will also take it

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Every day, I am doing something

My mojo has been off this week and the only explanation I can come up with is that I have not been able to run. The Nebraska winter might make me more crazy than I already am if I am not able to run outside. I have been on the

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Almost one year ago…

It is hard for me to believe that it has almost been one year since this craziness started. It is even more difficult for me to try to remember who I was back then. It seems so long ago, yet so much of me has changed during what has been

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Be grateful

It has been almost a week since I last posted, mostly because of the holiday. I hope everyone enjoyed their friends and family, had enough to eat, and truly found gratefulness in their lives. I am thankful everyday. Do you count your blessings more than once a year? If not,

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Be Radiant today!!

Even though it is dark, a little drizzly, and chilly this morning, I want you to all be radiant today!! Let your light shine and bloom – even in this kind of weather. We should not let the weather dictate what we give to the world. We should shine MORE

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How did we all get here?

No, not in the biblical sense, but how did so many of us women get to where we put the walls up and put up our arms to protect ourselves? Have we all been hurt in such ways (many of them different)that our first reaction is to be defensive? The

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Inspiration vs. Motivation

As I was running this morning, several thoughts came to me, and I was very nervous that I would forget them before I could get home and write them down. I know it is pretty sad that I carry pen and paper in my car, in my purse, in my

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Different paths we end up on

This weekend, I spent a lot of time trying to decide what my dream is since I asked you to do the same. One thing I have learned is that I cannot ask you to do something that I am not willing to do myself. To decide what your dream

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Review of “Walking Through Illusion” by Betsy Otter Thompson

I was contacted by Betsy who asked me to read and review her book, “Walking Through Illusion”, where she mentions different people from the Bible and describes their situations and how we can apply similar thoughts and feelings to our own lives today. Betsy takes 23 crucial but equally important

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Get real!

A few days ago, I mentioned that I was feeling a little lost. Although, I no longer seem to be stuck at the truck stop today, I have started moving, although I am still unsure of where I am headed. In recent days, I have put the wall up that

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Feeling a little lost today

For the last 10 months, I have questioned what this all means and where it was taking me. Although I was unsure of where I was going, how to get there, and what to do once I arrived, I still went on this journey. I even appreciated it and learned

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Being tested

I am trying to figure out what I am meant to do. What calls to me as I give freely of myself I have been reminded not to do. Yesterday was a day of questions and doubt. What I found very coincidental was the timing of it all. Yesterday morning,

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Question for the day…

What is your absolute dream? I mean, what really sends your thoughts racing and opens your heart to be free? Ok, now that you have identified it, what is stopping you from achieving that dream? Let me guess…it is one of these four reasons…1. money; 2. fear of failure; 3.

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No regrets

This is something I strived for this weekend when I went out-of-town with a friend to Mall of America to spend some time away and shop. For those of you that know me, I hate shopping and it was my suggestion – so she caught me at a weak moment.

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Validation

Back in May, I titled a post, “Got Burned” where I mention about a kid that I worked with where he made a bad decision after I tried to help him. Today, without warning, he and his mom both stopped by my office. I was so excited to see him,

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Have you seen SPIRIT in action?

I know it is Halloween time, but I am not talking about “spirits.” I mean truly see someone or people just shine. As I was out walking this morning, this kept coming to me..I was so afraid I was going to forget it. Example one – last spring, it was

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I found me!

As silly as that sounds, it is what I wrote down Saturday morning. I had not run that morning, so that could not be why I was acknowledging this new-found treasure. I am still dedicated to everything this is going to be. I saw a former neighbor the other day who

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Don’t ever give up

Do we feel like we have to keep trying? At whatever it is we are trying to accomplish? I think we do. I know I can be stubborn at times (good thing my husband does not read this) and have to keep striving for more. Most of the time, I

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New contact from outside my circle

Today, I checked my email account associated to this blog. I do not check it very often, and noticed that it is usually a couple of weeks between messages in my inbox. No one that I know really uses it except me and that is mostly to keep these thing

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She came…

Today was the first morning after the committment of October 1st that my running partner and I would normally run. She told me she would come this morning and part of me was thinking she wouldn’t. She doesn’t have to – her obligation was over – and I have told

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I shake my head in disbelief

Do you ever stop and think about some things and just wonder how you got there or here, which ever it may be? That you really cannot remember all of the things you did to get you to this exact moment in time? But then, when you look back, you

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Oct 1st – drum roll, please.

If any of you have been following along, then you will know why today is significant. Back in March, when my running partner asked me the most difficult question of what would I change about myself if I could change anything, and I answered I wanted to lose weight (originally

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To be a bud or to be a BLOOM!

As I continue to grow in my ever anticipated yearning for life, I came across another quote that seems to sum everything up. I am paraphrasing, but simply said, “it is more painful to risk to be a bud than the risk is to bloom.” That got me thinking…when you see

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Is It Ever Enough?

My striving to be better than I was before will be (and has been) a never-ending struggle for me most of my life. As much as perfection is just out of reach, it is certainly something I still attempt. I constantly challenge myself to find ways to have done something

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